cat and mouse
noun Date: 1675 behavior like that of a cat with a mouse: as a. the act of toying with or tormenting something before destroying it b. a contrived action involving constant pursuit, near captures, and repeated escapes <
played a game of cat and mouse with the police
>
; broadly an evasive action

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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